Mission

We are about the business of transformation – a transformation of ourselves and our community and a transformation of our world. We do this by extending community through going out in mission and outreach. May your journey of faith be an adventure of transformation.
 
Local Mission focuses on the relationship between St. Paul’s and the Helena area by promoting service opportunities such as:
  • Collecting diapers for Good Samaritan and dollars for bus tokens for the Health Department.
  • Support for the Cruz Overlook Community Garden behind Susanna’s Place.
  • Collecting food and/ or financial donations for Food Share.
  • Collecting Christmas gifts for low income children at the Helena Indian Alliance, the Health Department and other agencies with a Giving Tree project.
  • Hosting Family Promise which is a ministry to help those who are homeless secure work and a home.
  • Working with God’s Love and at times collecting items such as socks or toiletries for the homeless. 
  • Challenging Helena to look at issues of poverty and injustice, and to then attempt to change the systems that cause them.
Mission Beyond Helena identifies and selects mission projects beyond Lewis & Clark County, coordinating and facilitating giving and service opportunities. Some of their projects are:
    • The Fair Trade Market in November which offers the opportunity to support Fair Trade ventures and other international aid programs by selling their products.
    • Monthly Equal Exchange coffee, tea and chocolate sales.
    • Mission Trips. Some past trips have been: Hurricane Katrina reconstruction work in New Orleans; medical mission teams to Mozambique and Brazil; and construction trips to Haiti.
 
 
 
United Methodist Women support many mission projects throughout the world through their pledges and are in service in many ways to each other and our congregation. There are currently five active Fellowships which are led by the UMW Mission Team. Some of their fundraising and outreach projects include:
  • Collecting gently used clothes for the clothing store in Browning and developing a relationship with the pastor and congregations of the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish.
  • Collecting items for UMCOR Health Kits
  • Collecting School supplies for the Helena Stuff the Bus program 
  • The Harvest Bazaar and Dinner
  • The Fall Art Walk and Dinner

 

 
 

ACEs Awareness … for Good!

St. Paul’s, we have been faithful for 150 years and in turn God continues to call us to help bring healthy change to our community.  This fall as a part of our 150th celebration we partnered with our long-time ministry partner Intermountain and their educational organization Child Wise to explore ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).  These 10 ACEs describe events that might happen in a child’s early life that can impact their physical, mental and social health for their entire life.  The studies show that the higher ACEs score the greater the likelihood the child will face adversity in their life.

 

In our work we shared the gospel message through the words “adversity is not destiny.”  St. Paul’s and our partners believe that adversity does not determine a person’s destiny and that we can reduce the likelihood of adverse results of their childhood experiences.  We facilitated two events and recorded three videos that will continue to share ACEs as a language to understand adversity, so that we can learn to prevent and overcome the challenges facing children and adults.  I want to especially thank our three speakers for these events: Todd Garrison, Director of Child Wise, Schylar Canfield Baber, Board Member of Child Wise, and Dr. Elizabeth Kohlstaedt, Ph.D.,Clinical Director at Intermountain.  To learn more about ACEs in Montana go to whatsyouracescore.com

 

Due to our efforts and the amazing work of Intermountain and Child Wise, our community has taken up this gospel message of hope.  A coalition of non-profits, schools, individual citizens, and hopeful entrepreneurs is uniting under the name Elevate Montana – Helena.  On January 25, at the Helena Middle School auditorium there will be screening of  Paper Tigers, a movie about how working intentionally with the knowledge of ACEs transformed an alternative high school in Walla Walla.  The coalition hopes to get 800 people to the event and then from that event get 100 people to be trained in the language of ACEs to help begin to transform our community.

 

St. Paul’s is most definitely following its calling… for good.  I am excited to see where the next 150 years take us.

 

Enthusiastic Peace,

 

Pastor Tyler

 

This video comes from our November event at the Art Walk, Design a Child’s Destiny.  It covers the clinical and biological realities behind ACEs and also how one person’s story relates to these statistics.

This video is art by 406 Youth United(our youth group) inspired by their work understanding ACEs.

For more videos on ACEs go to challengehelena.org and to learn more go to elevatemontana.org


BUMP Boxes Sent

Sunday, NovembIMG_1852er 29, Helena United Methodist Ministry in cooperation with Clancy UMC packed 130 shoeboxes for thboxese Blackfoot United Methodist Parish(BUMP).  The day was a huge success with United Methodist Men(and one amazing woman) from St. Paul’s providing the chili for lunch, Covenant UMC for providing our rolls, and Clancy UMC bringing dessert.  People need great sustenance for mission work.  Lunch was followed by a coordinated effort of all in attendance(all ages) packing and wrapping shoeboxes from the supplies we had gathered, and at the end the ceremonial “loading of the truck.”
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For many children on the reservation this is the only gift they will receive this time of year. – Craig Cleveland, BUMP Lay Member
Thank you to JoAnn Hanson(Covenant) for helping manage the kitchen and dish washing, Carol Bruderer(St. Paul’s) for helping organize the supplies for our process, and Patti Wilbanks(Clancy) for giving us support and direction to complete the boxes.  This truly was a project of United Methodists connected in Mission.

A special thanks to Craig Cleveland for coming down and transporting our shoeboxes. Below is a thank you he had for the shoes and clothes we have also provided for their clothing store.  Craig’s dedication to the ministry at BUMP is making a huge impact in sharing God’s love there.

 



Gratitude from BUMP

22695_293515580758267_1716431945_nEarly in November, Craig Cleveland (who with his wife Vicki have relocated to an acreage outside Browning) picked up an entire pickup load of clothing from St. Paul’s.  We received this note of thanks from Craig:

I wanted to thank everyone at St. Paul’s for the clothes you have been sending to the BUMP clothing store. To say that they are really appreciated is a big understatement! Vicki, with the help of Sheri Hill and others, has taken over the clothing store in Browning! This week I helped  at the store.  Now that the snow and cold have arrived, to have all the clothes and warm coats from St. Paul’s was a GIANT blessing!! 

 

Every week there seems to be a story to touch your heart. Last week we had a visit from a lady from the Blackfeet Boarding School who was looking for clothes for a couple of middle school kids that were dropped off with just the clothes on their back! We had to stay open late, but were able to get those kids some clothes.

 

This week one of our trustees from Heart Butte called and said he had a niece show up at his house with two little ones that had only the clothes they were wearing. He was able to bring them in (using the church van, as he has no car) and we sent them away with a couple bags of clothes for the kids!

 

Thank you all so very much!!

 

Pastor Calvin Hill is helping reconnect with families in the Heart Butte Community. They plan to try and keep the Heart Butte Church open all winter.  The fires this summer that filled Heart Butte homes with smoke damage gave Yellowstone Conference Missions the opportunity to show support and UMCOR sent money to buy specific cleaning items for smoke damage.

 

Our regular donations make things happen.  Craig is expected to make another trip as we have at least another full truck load of clothing from our Clothing Drive.  Your support of this drive will make a great difference for the people of the Reservation.  Thanks so much for doing this mission work with us.

by Vicki Weida, UMW member



BUMP Shoeboxes – A ministry between nations.

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Ministry with native people is challenging in a time when we understand the harm European Americans caused during colonization. For many years we thought it was simply offering all the trappings of our culture to try and be more inclusive of native people. Slowly the process of listening to the damage caused by this attitude is sinking in and it is becoming clear that forcing our culture onto Native peoples has done significant damage. How then do we go about this ministry? There is no simple answer. The first thing we can do is to be in relationship with those who have been marginalized and listen to what the problems are. Then we need to work towards the solutions presented by the native culture.

This year HUMM (St. Paul’s and Covenant) will be teaming up with Clancy UMC to create and collect Shoe Box gifts for children at the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish during the holiday season. By sharing in the Shoebox ministry with BUMP (Blackfeet United Methodist Parish) we are listening and maintaining a relationship with the Blackfeet. This ministry is an example of BUMP listening for needs, and asking us to assist. Financial situations at the Reservation have11903899_747909435318877_4757819219401662950_n not resolved, so poverty continues to be the predominant condition. For some the boxes are the only gifts the children receive.

How to be a part of the shoebox gifting:

If you would like to help make a Shoe Box Gifts read below:

3 Different Ways to Complete the Gifting

1. Donate the contents and a shoebox and then join us for a wrapping party at 12:30 PM on Nov. 29 at Covenant UMC. This is a multi-generational and family friendly mission project. Come for lunch and help pack shoeboxes.

2. Wrap the bottom and top of a shoebox in Christmas paper – separately. Fill the box with gifts for a child of the age range you choose. Label the top with the age and gender of child you have chosen, tie with a ribbon to be sure top and bottom don’t separate and deliver it to the church office by Wednesday, Nov. 25. Please deliver M-F between 9 AM-1 PM.

3. Find a series of supplies from the list below list and donate them for our shoebox wrapping party by dropping them by the St. Paul’s office by Nov. 25.

Ideas to determine what to purchase to donate for the packing party, or to create your own shoe box gift:

1. Pick a Gender and Age Group ( Infants 0-2; Preschool 3-5; Age 6-10; Age 11-13; Age 12-17)

2. Shop for age appropriate ingredients to help us. Here are some ideas:

• Infants: onesies, toys, teethers, infant toothbrush, baby shampoo, lo on.
• Pre-school: crayons, small color books, washable markers, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, lotion, toy.
• Age 6-10: comb or pic, lotion, shampoo, crayons, markers, small notebooks, small color books, puzzles.
• Age 11-13: Caps, hair do-dads, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, small notebooks, puzzles.
•Age 12-17: For Boys: winter gloves, gum, candy cane, pencil. For girls: make up, hair stuff, lotion, shampoo, shower gel, markers, small notebooks, gel pens, colored pencils, craft items.

*All boxes should have toothbrushes, toothpaste, hats, mittens or gloves, combs or brushes.



ACEs – 150 Years of United Methodism…for Good

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In his book 3 Simple Rules the United Methodist Bishop, Reuben Job, sums up United Methodist theology in 3 rules: 1. Do No Harm. 2. Do Good 3. Stay In Love With God. For the past 150 years, St. Paul’s and Methodists in Helena have lived this out in our practice. To celebrate this historical achievement we chose to not just sit and cheer, but to stand and make a difference. We want to Do Good… for Good and to continue to share the love of God.

Intermountain has been a part of our history from our very early days and so this fall we are teaming up with them to learn about ACEs. This facility that we started, as the Deaconess Home for Children has turned into an organization that helps children with severe emotional and mental health needs through holistic, integrated services and a relationship-based approach. The education wing of Intermountain, Child Wise has begun a campaign to educate the community on ACEs to help us look at some big challenges we and our children are facing.

 

What is an ACE?

“ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. The ACE Study was initiated as a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic. A decade-long study, its participants numbered more than 17,000 members that underwent a comprehensive physical examination and chose to provide detailed information about their childhood experience of abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction. To date, more than 50 scientific articles have been published and more than 100 conference and workshop presentations have been made. No further participants will be enrolled, but the members are still being tracked for their medical status.” (This information and more can be found at elevatemontana.org)

What do ACEs mean for us?

The higher number of ACEs a person has in their lives the higher their risk for not only mental illness, but also chronic health conditions, like COPD or high blood pressure. The list of effects of ACEs are numerous and growing as we learn more and more. Learning about ACEs helps us do a few things:
1. Build relationships in our community to prevent ACEs from happening to children in our own community.
2. Remove stigma around people who have experienced high ACEs and their resulting realities.
3. Learn about our own ACEs to build awareness that “Adversity is not Destiny,” we can use the knowledge to bring a positive future through things like the treatment of ailments brought on by ACEs or helping our neighbors learn this knowledge.
Wednesday Night Dinner to benefit Intermountain
Hosted by 150th Jubilee Committee – November 4
Our 150th team has geared up to support our long!me mission at Intermountain by hosting a Wednesday Night Dinner. This event will highlight our work with Intermoun- tain from the past to the present and our work on the ACEs campaign. Please join us for good food and a chance to support Intermountain.
 

Chaplain Chris Haughee of Intermountain’s intensive residential program will be there to share his heart for the ministry and meet with those individuals that are motivated to combat the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how they present obstacles for these children and families that want to connect to a church community.

Beyond his personal and professional interest in ACEs, Chaplain Chris Haughee is an advocate for greater inclusion of foster and adoptive families in the life and ministry of local congregations. You can follow the ministry at www.intermountainministry.org or contact him at chrish@intermountain.org

After the dinner on November 4 in the Fellowship Hall, those that are excited about starting the conversation around what a faith-based response to ACEs would look like in our community are welcomed to meet with Chaplain Chris in the Library (Room 101). We
anticipate that this meeting would last no more than an hour.
 
PAST EVENTS

Design a Child’s Destiny: Adverse Childhood 

Experiences; Painting a Different Future 

ACEs Event – Friday evening, November 6, 6pm – St. Paul’s Sanctuary.  Join us to hear from two dynamic speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Kohlstaedt, Ph.D. the Clinical Director at Intermountain and Schylar Canfield-Baber will share two talks on the realities of ACEs and how “Adversity is not Destiny.”  Schylar will speak from his personal experience with ACEs and Dr. Kohlstaedt will focus on how ACEs affect the brain and development.  Please join us for this short presentation and then enjoy the Art Walk in Downtown Helena.

 
 
Challenge Helena – October 22 
Challenge Helena has spent the last year highlighting issues affecting vulnerable populations and then challenging Helena to make a difference on those issues.  This fall we are teaming up with Child Wise to challenge our community on ACEs.  Our goal is to provide personal and community ways you can make a difference to prevent ACEs and also to support those who have experienced ACEs.  Join us for a double header talk by the Executive Director of Child Wise, Todd Garrison and a young man who embodies “Adversity is not Destiny” when it comes to ACEs, Schylar Canfield-Baber.  We invite you to grab dinner and join us for two 20 minute talks, some Q&A, and a challenge.  Learn more at facebook.com/challengehelena